Friday, October 22, 2010

Spicy Pumpkin Cookies

Zoulah Welcomes You Once Again to Her Bewitchen Kitchen.
Zoulah found this cute Wilton cookie cutter and she had a plan.  See cookie cutter below.  She wanted to make some sugar cookies, but not just any sugar cookies.  She wanted to flavor the cookies with spices and then dye the dough orange and brown.  When she went to dye a small amount of the dough brown she cackled with disappointment when she realized that the Red Couch Kitchen had no brown coloring.  What's a witch to do?  She used cocoa instead. 

The cocoa in the cookies tasted delicious.  The cookies came out so big and fun.  The Red Couch Kids loved them in their lunches.  Zoulah featured these on her "Too Many Pumpkins" tablescape.

The shapes are interchangeable and are fun to create a Jack-O-Lantern face with. 

This recipe makes a hard sugar cookie; this is good since the cookie cutter makes a large cookie and the hardness provides stability.  The recipe has been adapted from Beaulah, (Purple Chocolat Home),  Zoulah's twin sister.

Recipe and instructions for Pumpkin Cookies

1 box Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix (dry)
1 egg
1/2 cup very soft butter.
2-4 tablespoons of flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

Zoulah's Notes:  You can modify the amount of spices for your taste.

Put dry cake mix, egg, and butter in medium mixing bowl.  Beat with a mixer until thoroughly mixed.  Then separate a small amount of cookie dough and dye it brown for the pumpkin face and stem.  Dye the remaining dough with orange coloring.  You do not need to refrigerate this dough.  Roll out the dough adding up to 4 tablespoons of flour, if necessary.  Zoulah did not add any extra flour.  Cut out pumpkins with cutters.  Zoulah placed brown Jack-O-Lantern cut out faces on top of the orange pumpkins; you can also just cut out a face on the pumpkin.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

Zoulah thanks you from the top of her witchie hat for dropping by Red Couch Recipes.


Lynn said...

I have those cookie cutters! I seem to have a, um... "collection" going on... they are another weakness of mine. I like the way you used cocoa to color them!

1 Funky Woman said...

Oh yummy! I am so trying this recipe. I think I have a pumpkin cookie cutter, well for sure a skull. They look so good!

Thanks for stopping over, and yes a witch addict since I get Halloween for my birthday!


Linda @ Life and Linda said...

How cute are those? I need more cookie cutters. Thank you for the recipe. Linda

Sue said...

Theses are so cute...great cookie cutter! The recipe sounds good too. I like a harder cookie.

The Charm of Home said...

They sound wonderful and they are really cute. The cocoa was perfect too. Very nice.

Julie Harward said...

Hey, we must be thinking alike today! These look so good, I love these spices, I can just smell them! ;D

Sue said...

I just love these cookies! They're so darling, and sound delicious! Didn't it work out well that you had no brown food coloring? :) Zoulah has the best ideas!

Sandy said...

I'm going to try this recipe this week.. they look yummy.. thanks for sharing!

Creative Cupcake Recipes said...

This recipe looks delicious. I am going to try it today. Thanks for sharing.

Savannah Granny said...

That Zoulah! She's a witch and I can prove it! No human could possibly do all the magnificent things that she does. No mere human cook would have the wonderful idea to use cocoa for brown food color and make these wonderful cookies. THERE!! SEE, case closed! Ginger

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love that cookie cutter and the recipe sounds wonderful. You and Zoulah are a great pair ;)

Beth said...

Delicious! Joni, er, I mean Zoulah, you are the BEST-EST cook! Happy Halloween, Zoulah, and don't be a stranger once October 31st is past. Hugs, Beth

Lenora said...

What a great cookie cutter! These are fun cookies! Thanks! - Please do drop by our pumpkin Party!
The Jack-O-Lantern

Rettabug said...

Joni, those are just darling & how fun to be able to mix & match the noses & mouth positions. Very cool indeed!

Tara said...

Those are adorable. Thanks for linking this up to Trendy Treehouse